Second-Half run pushes ‘Dogs past Nevada
RENO, Nev. – The Fresno State women’s basketball team hit 11 3-pointers in the game and used a 19-2 second half run to blow by Nevada in a 74-56 victory Saturday at the Lawlor Events Center.
The Bulldogs have now won 2-of-3 Mountain West road games, as Fresno State improved to 11-6 overall and 3-1 in league play. The win was the Bulldogs’ 13th-straight over Nevada.
“[Nevada] just kept fighting. We’d build a lead and then they would cut it to five and they were really hard to put away because they have team that has shooters and fighters,” head coach Raegan Pebley said. “We just tried to slow the game down is all we tried to do. We called the press off a little bit and did some things to adjust to their zone defense a little bit and were able to find some good inside shots.”
Fresno State held Nevada (6-10, 1-2 MW) without a point for over a seven minute stretch in the second half and forced the Wolf Pack to turn the ball over 20 times in the game.
The Bulldogs shot over 50 percent for the second game in a row, as the ‘Dogs were 29-of-58 from the field and 11-of-22 from 3-point range. Pebley was pleased with how her team was able to find good shots both inside and out.
“Ideally what you want to see happen is that you don’t just settle for three’s,” Pebley said. “Those three’s are going to open up inside shots and inside shots are going to open up the perimeter game. You move the ball and not just find a good shot, but find the best shot.”
Four Bulldogs reached double figures scoring against Nevada. Ki-Ki Moore led the group with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Taylor Thompson put in 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting with three treys and six rebounds while Bree Farley had 14 points with four rebounds and two blocks. Rosie Moult finished with 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting in the game, all from behind the 3-point arc.
After being out-rebounded by 17 boards in each of the last two games and being out-rebounded in 10-straight overall, Fresno State won the rebounding battle against Nevada. The ‘Dogs held a 36-28 advantage on the boards and had 14 offensive rebounds.
Fresno State opened up an early 17-8 lead in the first seven minutes of the game by connecting on six of its first nine shots. Thompson and Moult both hit three’s in that time and Moore had seven early points.
Turnovers prevented the Bulldogs from completely blowing the game open in the first half. The ‘Dogs opened up a 20-10 lead before five turnovers in an eight minute stretch led to a 14-5 Nevada run that cut Fresno State’s lead down to 25-22 with 4:23 left in the half.
The Bulldogs ended the opening half on a 9-3 run behind three’s from Moult and Thompson to take a 34-25 lead into the locker room.
Alex Sheedy scored six of Fresno State’s first nine points to open the second half and help the ‘Dogs take a 43-29 lead.
Nevada followed with a 13-5 run to cut Fresno State’s lead down to 48-42 with 11:56 left to play.
Moore and Farley both hit 3-pointers within a minute of each other that helped stretch the Bulldog lead up to 13. Those three’s started a 19-2 run that opened up a 72-48 lead with 3:10 to play.
Arielle Wideman’s layup with 2:46 to play was Nevada’s first points in seven minutes and five seconds, as the Bulldog second half defense put the game away for the ‘Dogs.